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The Great Detectives Present Pat Novak for Hire

The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio's Pat Novak series, featuring 19 episodes of Pat Novak and two episodes of Johnny Madero, all starring Jack Webb as the master of hard boiled narration. Adam Graham is your guide to each similie in this iconic pre-Dragnet Jack Webb series.

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EP0077: Pat Novak for Hire: Georgie Lampson

Novak is hired by an old flame and finds himself once again, in the thick of a murder investigation. Original Air Date: June 12, 1949 “Hou Read more ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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9 Feb 2010

Rank #1

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EP0072: Pat Novak: Agnes Bolton

Pat Novak hired to follow a woman, and while he’s doing it, she drops dead in a phone book and once again Hellman puts the finger on Novak. Original Air Date: June 5, 1949 [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

40mins

2 Feb 2010

Rank #2

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EP0017: Pat Novak for Hire: Fleet Lady

Pat Novak’s hired to find a horse, and he finds the horse and a dead body. Original Air Date: March 6, 1949 Jockey: I want a horse. Can yo Read more ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

33mins

17 Nov 2009

Rank #3

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EP0082: Pat Novak for Hire: Joe Dineen

Two men kidnap Pat Novak from a wrestling match and demand he take them to a man Novak doesn’t know by the name of Joe Dineen. Original Air Date: June 19, 1949 [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

35mins

16 Feb 2010

Rank #4

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EP0012: Pat Novak for Hire: Marcia Halpern

(Courtesy of Digital Deli.) A woman with apparent amnesia stumbles into Pat Novak and then dies. Novak has to fin Read more ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

30mins

10 Nov 2009

Rank #5

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EP0057: Pat Novak for Hire: Wendy Morris

Pat Novak is hired by an attorney to keep an eye on a woman whose husband has returned from the Navy. The Attorney alleges the husband is an imposter. “She was right about th Read more ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

34mins

12 Jan 2010

Rank #6

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EP0042: Pat Novak for Hire: Shirt Mix Up at the Laundry

When Pat Novak gets the wrong bundle at the laundry, he tries to switch with the man who was given his shirts. Novak is knocked out and wakes up n Read more ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

35mins

22 Dec 2009

Rank #7

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EP0027: Pat Novak for Hire: Rory Malone

Pat Novak gets an offer for $300 from a beautiful woman to stay away from boxer Rory Malone, and $300 from Malone’s manager. Whichever side he ends up on, it’s going to be troub Read more ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

34mins

1 Dec 2009

Rank #8

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EP0022: Pat Novak: Rubin Calloway's Pictures

Pat Novak comes across a man tossed in the bay, who gives him the key to a bus locker. A woman pays him $200 to bring her the contents of the locker. Quotes: “It Read more ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

33mins

24 Nov 2009

Rank #9

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EP0062: Pat Novak for Hire: The Geranium Plant

Pat Novak’s hired to deliver a geranium. He’s hit by a car after the pick-up and that’s just the start of his trouble. Original Air Date: May 14, 1949 [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

35mins

19 Jan 2010

Rank #10